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PHS boys second at Goddard meet


Last updated 5/15/2021 at 5:24pm

ROSWELL — Portales High’s boys rode strong performances from senior Traise Cain and sophomore Michael Riess to an unofficial second-place finish to Hobbs in a five-team track meet on Friday, hosted by Roswell Goddard at the Wool Bowl.

No official results were available after the meet, which waited out a lightning delay about midway through of about 90 minutes. The PHS girls were unofficially third, behind Hobbs and Gateway Christian.

PHS coach Quintin Wilson said that, except for the lightning delay, the weather was close to ideal.

“Roswell’s track is brand new, and it was fast,” Wilson said. “It was a nice facility to run at.”

Cain posted four wins for the PHS boys, taking pole vault at 13 feet, 9 inches; high jump at 6-2; the 100 hurdles in 15.17 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 42.0 seconds. Meantime, Riess set personal bests with first-place times of 2 minutes, 4.94 seconds in the 800 and 4:51.67 in the 1,600.

“It was really good to see him coming along in (the 800),” Wilson said.

The Rams qualified their 800 relay team and may have qualified their 400 relay, Wilson said. Both consist of Kevin Ivarbol, Donovan Garcia, Dason Davis and Carlos Delgado.

Meantime, the Rams’ 1,600 relay team, consisting of Ivarbol, Garcia, L.J. Jackson and Delgado, hasn’t yet qualified for state, but won on Friday in an unofficial time of 3:46.00. Davis, who has already qualified for state in long jump, took second in that even on Friday at 20-1.

On the girls’ side, junior Kylyie Paden claimed second place in both pole vault (9-0) and high jump (5-0), qualifying for state in both. Freshman Savannah Heflin was first in the 300 hurdles in an unofficial time of 54.68 seconds.

The 400 and 800 relays were both third, with an all-freshman group of Alondra Acosta, Audrey Paden, Abby Ontiveros and Heflin in the former and the same group in the latter, except for Kylyie Paden in place of Heflin.

The Rams and Lady Rams return to action on Friday in a 3 p.m. quad meet at Artesia, also including Clovis and Hobbs.

Hobbs wins combined dual from PHS — The Hobbs Eagles dominated boys singles and doubles on Thursday and posted 14-5 victory over Portales High in a combined tennis dual featuring the usual six singles and three doubles for boys and girls, plus a mixed doubles match.

Hobbs won five singles and all three doubles on the boys’ side. The lone win for the Rams came from Paxton Culpepper, who defeated Eagles sophomore Keith Blackshear 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5.

Meantime, the Lady Rams won the Nos. 4-6 singles with Madi Sena, Maggie Duong and Jenna Brown, while Duong and Brown also posted a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 doubles over the Lady Eagles Lynlee Armstrong and Natalie Vega.

The Rams and Lady Rams were slated to travel to Artesia on Saturday for their District 4-4A openers.


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